It is possible to have a conversation about abortion without showing photos. However, this would be an incomplete presentation of the evidence. The images are not examples of exceptional barbarity. These are photographs of common, everyday abortion.
In his celebrated “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes, “Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”
Dr. King was intentional in having media present at his demonstrations against racism so that the brutality of blacks being beaten and shot with water hoses would be caught on film. He found this kind of exposure critical to the process of ending bigotry.
We seek to expose the injustice of abortion to the same light of human conscience and air of national opinion as King did because our society has advanced the lie that the preborn are not human. The preborn die brutal deaths every day. We bring this atrocity to light with images to stop it because words alone are inadequate to describe the horror of abortion.